Tides Institute events explore border architecture

Posted July 20, 2009, at 5:57 p.m.

EASTPORT, Maine — The architecture of Maine’s border region will be the focus of a walking tour and panel discussion Friday afternoon at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art.

“The Architecture of New England & the Atlantic Provinces: Perspectives from Maine and New Brunswick,” which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. with a tour of the significant and historic architecture of downtown Eastport, beginning at the Tides Institute building at 43 Water St.

The panel discussion will follow at 4 p.m. at the Knights of Pythias Hall at 6 Boynton St. in Eastport.

“This presentation represents one of the first times, and perhaps the only time formally, that architectural historians from each side of the border have met to share their findings on the architecture of the border region,” Tides Institute Director Hugh French said. “We are expecting to learn more about the built environment, and the architectural styles and elements that we share and what makes each unique.”

There will be three featured speakers, including Earle Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission in Augusta, who will speak about architects in the coastal borderland of Maine and New Brunswick in the period 1840 to 1910.

Gary Hughes, curator of history and technology at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John, New Brunswick, will deliver a talk titled, “An Architect Without Borders: Matthew Stead’s Work in New Brunswick and Maine in the 1850s and ’60s.” Architect and author John Leroux of Fredericton, New Brunswick, will discuss, “Three Centuries of New England’s Architectural Influence in New Brunswick.”

A reception for participants will follow the panel discussion.

A limited edition of 250 hand-pulled, letterpress posters commemorating the program will be available for $20. Proceeds will benefit the institute’s print studio and the continuation of printing the community events poster series. The poster is designed and printed by David Wolfe and Petra Simmons as part of the Hand Line Press series of posters produced by the Tides Institute.

The event is sponsored by the Tides Institute & Museum of Art and the Maine Humanities Council. For more information and to reserve seating, call the Tides Institute at 853-4047 or e-mail tides@tidesinstitute.org.

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